Norway : ICJ and ICJ-Norway intervene in landmark environmental case before European Court of Human Rights

The ICJ and the Norwegian Section of the ICJ intervened in the case GreenPeace Nordic and Others v. Norway before the European Court of Human Rights.

In the case the applicants challenge the decision by the Norwegian Government to allow for the expansion of the country’s petroleum industry in a way that is likely to lead to failure to meet the global targets of greenhouse emissions set in the Paris Agreement.

The ICJ and ICJ Norway presented submissions before the European Court outlining international human rights law standards and jurisprudence in relation to the possibility for individuals to claim victim status before the Court for violations of their right to life and to private life brought about by climate change induced harm.

The two organisations further analysed international standards and jurisprudence on States’ obligations under the right to life and the right to private life in relation to climate change.

Finally they presented the decision-making framework of Norway’s policies relating to the oil industry which forms the background to the case before the Court.

The third party intervention can be downloaded here: ECtHR-Greenpeace Nordic and others v Norway-Intervention-Final-2022

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